Die Fledermaus (1983)

Opera Theater of Syracuse • November 18, 20, 1983 • Indianapolis Opera • December 18, 20, 1983 (co-production)

Scenic and Lighting Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Robert B. DriverConductor: James Caraher

Alfred: Richard Leech • Adele: Nova Thomas • Rosalinde: Phyllis Hunter • Eisenstein: Robert Orth • Orlovsky: Dianne Thomas-Harris • Frank: John Davies • Blind: Melvin Lowery • Dr. Falke: Malcolm Arnold

 

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“The production directed by Robert B. Driver and conducted by James Caraher had what is needed to let this greatest of all Viennese Operettas be heard at its best: A young and vivacious cast that can sing its gayly infectious tunes with a lilt and make the light, frivolous but complicated plot amusing with the support of a fine orchestra, in a setting of scenic beauty.

…The sets are beautifully executed, especially the party scene, with its double staircase, its paintings and ceiling murals and gold, red plush and ivory decor like a little Vienna State Opera. The first act setting also is handsome, a section of Eisenstein’s house, showing the entrance, a balcony and the living room. They were designed by Boyd Ostroff. Driver’s stage direction keeps it moving with celerity, a matter of vital importance when the subject is farce.” – Corbin Patrick, The Indianapolis Star, 12/17/1983

 

Production Photos

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Shop Photos

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Design and Technical Drawings

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Production Staff

Technical Director: Boyd Ostroff • Asst Technical Director: Peter Scheu

Shop Carpenters: Daniel Robinson, Keith Brzozowski, Ken Brzozowski, Robert Frame, Ken Stone, Lauren VanDyken

Scenic Artists: Elizabeth Thomas (Charge), Robert Earle

 

Scenery Data

  • Co-production with Indianapolis Opera
  • Built January, 1983 at the Opera Theatre of Syracuse Production Center / Prescott School
  • Scenery construction budget: $18,000 • Actual cost: $17,867 • Total rental income: $10,434 as of May 1985
  • Load-in crew: 10 • Run Crew: 7  (carpenters, flymen and props only) • 8 hours required for load-in • 1 truck required for shipping
  • Current status unknown

Production History

Opera Theater of Syracuse • November 18, 20, 1983 (premiere)Scenic and Lighting Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Robert B. DriverConductor: James Caraher

Indianapolis Opera • December 18, 20, 1983Scenic and Lighting Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Robert B. DriverConductor: James Caraher

Bardavon 1869 Opera House • 1984Scenic and Lighting Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Robert B. DriverConductor: James Caraher

Chautauqua Opera • July 13, 16, 1984Scenic Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Cynthia Auerbach



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